Porthos Spiced Sardines in Olive Oil 3/5


Spiced, here, means chili pepper (not blazing hot, just enough to let you know it’s a hot pepper, as well as some pickled vegetables and a bit of clove. If you’re looking for a great pair of tins to compare, try these side by side with the Nuri Spiced Sardines in Olive Oil to triangulate your flavor preferences.

125g tin (4.4 oz)

In stock

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Ingredients: sardines, olive oil, chili pepper, cucumber, carrot, pepper seed, clove, natural chili flavoring and salt.

The terms “spiced” and “spicy” are used pretty much interchangeably in the tinned fish world, to mean two different things: with a hot pepper (or hot pepper flavor), and with cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper. There are many examples of both terms being used to mean both things.

We are so frustrated by how widespread this confusing inconsistent usage is that we’ve gone through our entire product line to correct the incorrect ones such that our description of “spiced” or “spicy” will always indicate which it really is, regardless of the packaging. “Spicy” = with hot pepper flavor. “Spiced” = with the cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper flavors.


  1. jfeyes (verified owner)

    Very good can of sardines….maybe like the Nuri’s just a smidgen more….tomorrow I may feel differently. I guess I will just keep trying them!

  2. fibersides (verified owner)

    These are for me the best “Portuguese Spiced” sardines. Pickle, clove, carrot, pepper, peppercorn. You can get it from almost every brand. Most folks know it from the Nuri Spiced style.

    The Porthos brand is the best. Always consistent. Always delicious. Porthos is your best entry into the Portuguese style, and they also have a delicious teriyaki style.

    You can’t go wrong here. This is my number one or number two most purchased, staple brand of spiced sardine. The only other brand I’ve purchased more are Briosa Small Sardinillas in olive oil.

    You too need these stockpiled in your pantry so, go get some!

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